Retina MacBook Pros see update, price drops

Apple has announced an update to their Retina MacBook Pro lineup, which features new processors and lower pricing for the 13-inch models. Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now starts at $1,499 for 128GB of flash, and $1,699 for a new 2.6 GHz processor and 256GB of flash. The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now features a faster 2.4 GHz quad-core processor, and the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook comes with a new 2.7 GHz quad-core processor and 16GB of memory.

Respectively, the 13-inch model has seen a $200 and $300 price drop for the low and higher-end configurations. Apple also lowered the the price of the 256GB MacBook Air by $100; the machine now clocks in at $1399.

The high-end non-retina 15-inch MacBook Pro has been eliminated entirely, leaving only the lower-end $1799 model.  The high-end model is available, but parted out by component as a build-to-order configuration.

This has happened sooner than expected, but it was only a matter of time. Retina MacBook Pros will, in time, become regular MacBook Pros. We will not make the Retina distinction, because costs of such displays will lower in price making them available for all devices in time. This is a transitional phase.